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Know the Types of Hearing Loss

Knowing the type of hearing loss you’re experiencing gets you one step closer to hearing the world around you more clearly.

Types of Hearing Impairment

Each type of hearing loss has its own set of causes, symptoms, and options for treatment. Understanding their different characteristics is important so you can address your symptoms early. If you suspect you have hearing loss, scheduling a comprehensive exam should be your next step. The clinical teams at AudioNova can help you find an appropriate treatment plan and management strategies. Below, our hearing experts examine the three main hearing loss types.


Conductive Hearing Loss

This type of hearing loss occurs when sound waves can’t travel through the ear canal to the middle ear. Some of the most common causes include ear infections, fluid in the middle ear, earwax blockages, a perforated eardrum, and malformations of the ear’s structure. It can be corrected medically or surgically in most cases.

Sensorineural Hearing Loss

Sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL) is the most common type of hearing loss. It occurs when parts of the inner ear or nerve pathways to the brain sustain damage. This type of hearing impairment is commonly caused by aging, exposure to loud noises, repeat or severe ear infections, head trauma, genetics, or diseases. Sensorineural hearing loss is usually permanent, but several treatments are available, including hearing aids and cochlear implants in more severe cases.

Mixed Hearing Loss

This type results from a combination of sensorineural and conductive hearing loss. For example, someone might have damage to their outer or middle ear, as well as damage to their inner ear (cochlea) or auditory nerve. Mixed hearing loss can develop from various causes, reflecting the combined challenges of both types of hearing impairment.

Take Control Today

Knowing your type of hearing loss helps you find individualized support and an appropriate treatment plan. Some treatment plans are more relevant for one hearing loss type over another, so getting an accurate diagnosis is essential. If you're experiencing any hearing loss signs, it's essential to consult with the clinical teams at AudioNova. Our hearing experts can conduct a comprehensive evaluation to determine your type of hearing loss and advise on the best course of action for treatment and symptom management.

Our clinical teams can assist you with:

  • Hearing aid treatment
  • Tinnitus testing and treatment
  • Comprehensive hearing evaluations
  • Expert guidance and ongoing support
  • Insurance counseling

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